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Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium

The theme for the 2022 Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium was “Teaching the Whole Student.” Sessions focused on how educators have been and can continue to adjust approaches to supporting students with a more expanded understanding of the challenges they are dealing with both in and out of the classroom.

Continue reading for more information about the full agenda for this year’s event – and keep an eye out for updates as we plan for the 2023 event!


9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Great Ideas Keynote Workshop

The 2022 Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium will kick off with an opening plenary workshop facilitated by Dr. Tracie Addy, Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning at Lafayette College and co-author of  “What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching.”. In her session, “What Inclusive Instructors Do: Teaching the Whole Student,” Dr. Addy will engage participants in case-based discussions using scenarios relevant to teaching during the current times, and ultimately build frameworks for what it means to teach the whole student within their own contexts here at Boise State. This session counts towards the BUILD Certificate.

Lunch and Learn Opportunities

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

If you are interested in continuing your Great Ideas experience over the lunch hour, we have planned a variety of ways you can engage with others, or spend some time focusing on your own “whole” self. Sessions available during the lunch hour are:

Mindfulness Yoga Practice

Take time to relax and move in a way that feels good for you during this yoga and stretching class. The class will focus on mindfulness and light stretching to help you feel relaxed.

Virtual Brown Bag: Keynote Themes 

In this session, participants will be invited to gather in small groups to discuss the themes from the keynote, as well as exchange ideas about how they will apply what they learned to their course planning. 

Virtual Brown Bag: Supporting Students and Ourselves 

In this session, participants will hear and share ideas on establishing self-care practices and setting boundaries as they support students. 

Afternoon Sharing Sessions

1:30 PM – 3:55 PM

Our afternoon Great Ideas sessions will provide multiple opportunities for participants to hear from faculty and students about their experience teaching and learning in both face to face and online modalities. These sessions will be offered in opt-in breakout rooms, so participants can join whichever conversations are of most interest to them. The sessions include:

Lightning Talks

These sessions will highlight strategies used by 14 Boise State educators to teach the whole student. Each speaker will present a 5 minute “Lightning Talk” to share a strategy they adopted over the past year to teach the whole student. During their talk they will briefly describe their approach; there will be opportunities for participants to ask questions in each session. Sessions are organized around strategies that can be used primarily in face to face settings as well as those that can be employed in any modality.

Student panels

No discussion of “Teaching the Whole Student” would be complete without hearing from students directly on the instructional approaches that have helped them to feel seen, supported, and connected. In two panels to be held in the afternoon (one focusing on face-to-face courses, one focusing on online courses) students from across the university will speak to the educational experiences that they’ve had at Boise State. 


4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

End the day with some fun by participating in a trivia session led by trivia master Dr. Andy Jones.

More Great Ideas

The symposium also has some content you can learn from at any time. Check out our More Great Ideas page to explore it.